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Seventh Annual Attack of The Killer Tomato Festival Recap

IMG_0693On July 17th, 2015, Chef Ford Fry threw the seventh annual Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival. The event was a smash hit and over 900 guests enjoyed a day, back home, at JCT.Kitchen, featuring delicious creations prepared by Georgia’s most talented chefs and mixologists.   We appreciate the commitment of personal time and resources to make this an incredible, unique, and not-to-be-missed event raising over $80,000 for Georgia Organics and The Giving Kitchen.

This popular fundraising Festival hit the streets of the Westside Provisions District with hot and tasty tomato dishes and drinks to please every tomato fan.  As a featured highlight, Beastie Boys and Sublime tribute band Ill Communication and our favorite, Five Bone Rack, Fry’s all-chef band provided lively entertainment.

Fifty-one chefs and mixologists – judged by Costa Dillon (producer of Attack of the Killer Tomatoes! movies), Daniel Gritzer (Serious Eats), Evan Mah (Atlanta Magazine), Chuck Reece (Bitter Southerner), and Jordana Rothman (Time Out New York) – threw in their best tomato-filled recipes for the competition. Taking the prize:

  • Judges’ Choice for Best Cocktail –David Durnell (from Bocado/Amer) with the Cherry Bomb: Olmeca Blanco Tequila, Cherry Tomatoes, Pineapple, Lime, Jalapeno, and Sea Salt
  • People’s Choice for Best Cocktail — Eduardo Guzman (from JCT. Kitchen & Bar/The Optimist/Marcel) with the Cherokee Purple: Farmers Gin, Mtn Song Farm Tomatoes, Georgia Strawberries, Citrus, Basil, Balsamic Syrup, Salt
  • Judges’ Choice for Best Dish – EJ Hodgkinson (from King + Duke) and Jason Zygmont (from 5 & 10) with a Smoked Tomato Tartine
  • People’s Choice for Best Dish – Adam Waller (from Bocado) with Acapulco Tomato and Rock Shrimp Cocktail

We appreciate our wonderful community of funders that share our vision of all Georgians eating organic food from local farms, transforming our health, our environment and our economy.  Check out photos of the event courtesy of WSBTV, and we look forward to seeing you again next year.


  1. Our daughters gave us tickets to AOTKT Festival as a joint Mothers/Fathers DAy gift. We had a BLAST!!! Loved all of it. Especially that the attendance was limited. It wasn’t such a mob of people that you couldn’t enjoy the whole day! Parking was great, weather was fine, could not have asked for a more fun time! And yes, my favorite was also David Durell’s ‘Cherry Bomb’ – it was the Bomb! Hope he puts that on the menu. Thanks Georgia Organics, good for you!

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